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Old 02-15-2013, 07:25 PM   #41
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This is normally how I clean my car.

Id be lying if i said i haven't thought about it.
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:54 PM   #42
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I just finished cleaning it with simple clean and it came out perfect. All I did was spray all over and the. Rinse off with hose. Tried not to wet the alternator and distributer though. Ill post a pic now
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:00 PM   #43
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ID:	490931 it's not spotless but it's way cleaner than what it was. So simple clean is an A+ for me.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:12 PM   #44
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:05 AM   #45
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I just finished cleaning it with simple clean and it came out perfect. All I did was spray all over and the. Rinse off with hose. Tried not to wet the alternator and distributer though. Ill post a pic now
do you mean Simple Green?
"..wet the Distributor"
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:13 AM   #46
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do you mean Simple Green?
"..wet the Distributor"
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:08 AM   #47
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Never thought of it - bought my car 6 weeks ago - and the weather has been so bad that I had yet to pop the hood. Did it tonight...and it is spotless - looks like one of your pics here in the forum. I was told the previous owner was a car guy/enthusiast and I thought that was BS sales stuff - but evidently it was true. Guess I should have checked when I bought it...could be an indication of the previous owners care.
Man the first thing you do when looking at a car is pop the hood and let the engine idle. You always check the deal killers first.

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Old 02-18-2013, 07:12 AM   #48
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Yes I mean that ^

Ive used simple green, and planty of ther wheel cleaners. Overall, the engine parts are nice and clean, its just the body thats messed up with that goo
That stuff is called cosmoline. It's basically a protectant to ward off salt water corrosion during ship transport from the factory.


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That stuff is called cosmoline. It's basically a protectant to ward off salt water corrosion during ship transport from the factory.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmoline
I don't think they would coat the cars in cosmoline from the factory. That stuff is messy and near impossible to remove completely. The car is fully painted anyway. It's mostly just found on old firearms.

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I've always wondered about use of simple green, or more aggressive degreasers. Do they make rubber and plastic parts degrade faster?
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:03 AM   #52
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I've always wondered about use of simple green, or more aggressive degreasers. Do they make rubber and plastic parts degrade faster?
simple green and the like can turn certain rubber parts brown.

use blue dawn dish soap.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:11 AM   #53
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Do you do any of the other windows with it? How does it do on the windshield for the BMW?

Check....for the really caked up engines......greased lightning......and purple power. Very good degreasers
It works perfectly. Also works amazing on dirty front windshields and removing glue residue left behind from tint.
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I love purple power. It works amazing and my friend the detail guy praises it. You can even use it 50/50. Then a steamer works best, but so long as you are even remotely careful I think a power washer is fine. I use it all the time and I know plenty of others that do too. My detail friend also turned me on to using brake fluid on everything after its clean to shine and condition. I will post some pics when I get home. I have 3 ridiculously clean engine bays.
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Why the sour face on brake fluid? Dot 3 is perfect for EPDM rubber which is exactly what heater/radiator hoses are. Just add a little to a rag and wipe away! It's cheap and always laying around. Plus once it has been opened for a few months you should never put it in your brake reservoir. Perfect way to use it up. Yes I know it isn't good for paint, but I never said to wax your finish with it.

Works fine for me.

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I don't think they would coat the cars in cosmoline from the factory. That stuff is messy and near impossible to remove completely. The car is fully painted anyway. It's mostly just found on old firearms.
I don't know if they used it on the newer cars (e46 on), but it's definitely been the standard for a long time. Most e30s are covered with it because no one bothered to wash it off the engine when it was new.
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I don't think they would coat the cars in cosmoline from the factory. That stuff is messy and near impossible to remove completely. The car is fully painted anyway. It's mostly just found on old firearms.
ask any of us new E30 owners if BMW used cosmoline back in the day, they sure did. the trick back then to remove from the intake manifold was to scrub it with coca cola. yes i did just say that.

true i'm not taking about the outside
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I don't know if they used it on the newer cars (e46 on), but it's definitely been the standard for a long time. Most e30s are covered with it because no one bothered to wash it off the engine when it was new.
Interesting. I've never encountered it on my E46 though. Maybe I just mistook it for oil.
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